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My Photography Workflow

Updated on April 30, 2020
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Hi, this is Xing Liu. I love bokehlicious, portraits, and good vibes.


Hi all, I want to share with you my photography as a hobby photographer. I will show you my workflow from the beginning to the end. Keep in mind that my workflow might not suitable for your situation. You can keep these workflow steps as reference.

Here are the steps I am going to cover in this article:

  1. Preparation
  2. Inspiration
  3. Photoshoot
  4. Post
  5. Editing
  6. Instagram

Step 1: Prepare for the photoshoot

Preparation is the key to success. I start my preparation by saving a theme of inspos photos that I like to have for my next shoot. Below are couple of the Inspos sources that I use.

  • Pinterest - easy to search on certain theme.
  • Instagram Saved Collection - Easy access from my instagram account without switching app. Collection helps to categorize the theme of your shoots.

Some example of my themes are: Sunset Backlight, Through the Windows Portraits, and Colors, etc.

Step 2: Share the inspiration with models

After I have a set of photos in a certain theme, I would share this set to the model that I am going to shoot. Sharing inspiration with models will allow me to have feedback and suggestion from the models. Sometimes, my theme might not match the clothing they want to shoot, or models don't have certain style of outfits within this theme. Sharing and discussing with models allows you to make adjustment early.

Step 3: During Photoshoot

I shoot as JPEG only. Since I am shoot as hobby, I don't need raw files for editing later on. Below are couple important settings in my X-T2 that helps me to have a faster workflow in the post editing:

  • JPEG format - it's smaller size and easy to transfer, and Fujifilm colors are very nice right out of the camera.
  • Minimum auto shutter speed is set to 1/125s to avoid blur in the photos. Sharp photos will allow me to save time in the post on sharping images.
  • Exposure compensation dial - I use this dial a lot while shooting to adjust the brightness based on the environment. This will help save the time for post editing exposure adjustment.

Example of Original JPEG

ISO200, F1.4, 1/1000 sec, 23mm
ISO200, F1.4, 1/1000 sec, 23mm

Step 4: After the photoshoot

After the photoshoot, I will do the following:

  • If I am not home yet, I will use an IOS SD card reader to transfer some photos from my SD card to my iPhone 7 Plus.
  • When I get home, I will put all the photos into a dropbox folder and upload into the Dropbox cloud. I usually keep the dropbox folder for about 3 months. Then, I send the Dropbox link to the model for them to browse through as well.
  • I use the AirDrop from my MacBook Pro to transfer original photos quickly to my iPhone to edit the photos.

Step 5: Post editing photos

For photos editing, I use my iPhone 7 Plus to edit photos only. Here are some of the tools from my iPhone for editing.

  • VSCO - this is my main editing application. I don't do the VSCO X subscription. Instead, I only bought the VSCO filters. (Below is a video explaining how I edit photos.)
  • Snapseed - very useful tool for skin patching.
  • Facetune 2 - very good for skin retouching.

I use these three phone apps primary without editing in my laptop.

Step 6: Posting Photos on Instagram

Once I finish the editing of a set of photos, I will have the following tasks in my pipeline:

  • UNUM - Upload some photos to an Instagram feed planning app called UNUM. This helps a lot for organizing my feed and keep the feed consistent in terms of tones and themes that you want your feed to have. (See below for my UNUM tutorial video)
  • Trello - I use this app to organize my hashtags.
  • Instagram - When it's time to post, I usually post 2 to 3 photos a day. It depends on your audience's most active hours. Usually, the lunch hour in east coast time has the most active users for me. I guess it's because lunch hour people check their phone most often.


In summary, my workflow is very specific to me as a hobby photographer. Based on your situation, your workflow may be different. I hope any of the steps above could give you some new ideas toward improving photography workflow.


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